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Work to upgrade the platform at Malton Station is now complete as part of a £230,000 investment by TransPennine Express (TPE) to improve accessibility for rail customers.
The works, which were undertaken by Network Rail, have not only raised the platform for better access to services but now mean that customers can board and depart from all carriages as trains are now able to open all carriage doors.
Malton has seen a significant amount of investment in the last few months, with £170,000 put into the station, which now has a brand-new modern ticket office, improved waiting room with charging points, accessible unisex toilet, and a free drinking water fountain.
Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director from TransPennine Express, commented: “It’s fantastic to see continued investment into Malton station, and now our customers can enjoy better access to services the serve Malton. We’re committed to delivering a much greater customer experience and station environment for all our customers and I’d like to thank all that use Malton station for their patience while the platform works have taken place and hope they can now enjoy a vastly improved station surrounding.”
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail, said: “Improving accessibility on the railway is something close to my heart, so I’m really proud that we’ve been able to deliver the platform improvements at Malton alongside our partners at Transpennine Express. As calling patterns change and new trains are introduced across the network it’s vital that we pull out all the stops to make our stations ready to accommodate them, and while the platform work may be relatively small in terms of new infrastructure, the benefit it will bring to passengers at Malton will be significant.”
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “We welcome this further investment in facilities at Malton station as part of the Government’s Access for All scheme, following the recent improvements to waiting facilities. This work improves accessibility and will make it easier for passenger to board and alight from any part of their train at Malton, removing anxiety about being in the right section. The investment will also reduce the risk of delays to trains while in the station, helping reliability, and help to encourage the use of public transport rather than the motor car. We look forward to continuing to work with TransPennine Express in the future.”
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